Village of New Paltz trustees held a public hearing on February 10 about the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) being submitted for 2020. Most state aid is funneled through the CFA process, which is effectively suspended last year due to the pandemic. Even though a hearing had been held last March, it was advised to hold it again ahead of finally applying for last year’s money.
As has been the case for well over a decade, this application is for money to repair or replace failing sewer mains. Village government has operated under a DEC consent order since 2003 because of inflow and infiltration, the technical terms that describe pipes that are leaky and let rain and groundwater in. That clean water introduced into the system increases the volume that must be processed, to the point raw sewage running onto the streets was a problem. The consent order has made it easier to get state funding to fix the system over the past 18 years.
This application is for an $808,875 project that would address some of the worst mains remaining in the village, under Orchard Heights, Lincoln Place, South Chestnut Street, Lookout and Mohonk avenues. No local matching funds would be required, if the funding is awarded.